GAINESVILLE, FL - Rutgers University junior Anthony Butler (Pittsgrove, NJ), a graduate of Schalick High School, won the high jump championship during the first day of competition at the NCAA Regionals at the University of Florida.
Butler’s jump of 7-1 (2.16 meters) gave him first place honors and qualifies him for the NCAA Championships that will take place at the University of Texas in Austin, TX June 9-12. Butler was one of Rutgers’ MVP’s this season and is the school-record holder in the high jump at 2.17 meters.
‘This is just a phenomenal accomplishment,” said Kevin Kelly, who coaches the Scarlet Knights’ jumpers. “There are 117 schools in our region and Anthony beat some very, very good jumpers and now he moves on to Austin where he will try to become an All-American.”
The top five finishers in each individual event at the Regionals move on to the NCAA Championships in Austin. Other athletes can make it to the NCAA Championships by receiving an at-large berth. If Butler can finish among the top eight Americans at the NCAA Championships out of an approximate field of 20, he will earn All-America honors.